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Cameras could catch you driving with a heavy foot.
Springfield's first red light camera activates today.
KSMU's Christy Hendricks explains how it works.
The city of Springfield wants drivers to ease up on the lead foot.
The city's first red light camera will snap pictures of violators on the southbound approach on National Avenue at Battlefield Road.
Louise Whall is the public information officer for the city of Springfield.
She says the red light cameras will help lower the number of red light violations.
Whall says a grace period will continue for 30 days beginning April 30th to allow drivers to become familiar with the system.
She says the city defines a red-light violation as crossing the white stop bar after the signal has already turned red.
Car owners would receive the ticket and pictures and be able to watch the video on a secure website about a week after the violation.
The fine is 100-dollars and will not result in points on a driving record.
Louise Whall says red-light running causes a high number of crashes with injuries.
From January 2006 to March 30th 2007, 44-percent of the traffic crashes caused by traffic signal violations included injuries.
Whall says she hopes to see the number of violations cut in half after the red light cameras go to work.
Four other red light cameras will be operational by July first.
Those include southbound on Campbell Avenue at Battlefield Road, eastbound on Battlefield at Campbell, eastbound on Sunshine at Campbell, and westbound on Sunshine at National.
Each new site will have a 30-day grace period once activated.